Prison officers in court for contraband
Two prison officers who were allegedly held with contraband items at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca last Thursday have been granted bail after appearing before an Arima Magistrate.
The two accused, 43-year-old Seeraj Anderson of San Fernando, and 43-year-old Kendall James of Arima, both appeared before Magistrate Gillian Scotland in the San Fernando First Magistrates’ Court.
They were charged with having in their possession several contraband items – items not allowed in the prison – including packs of cigarettes, lighters, and a cellular phone.
Both men pleaded not guilty to the offences.
Attorney Darren Mitchell represented the two men, and made a successful application for bail before the courts.
The matter was then adjourned to January 7.
The two men were held last Thursday afternoon during an exercise conducted by the acting Superintendent of Prisons.
The two men were searched by the senior officers while they were both in the infirmary of the prison, and the contraband items were found on their person.
The Superintendent then notified officers of the Arouca Police Station, led by Sgt Ramjit, who arrested the two prison officers.